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Buddhism: Happiness and Our Delusions

In the so-called first, second and third of the five stages, the Buddha, indeed, focused only on wisdom [out of the three types of learning] by prohibiting the other two, namely, precepts and meditation. And since one’s wisdom is lacking, he must substitute faith for wisdom. Thus, the single character “faith” is the heart of Buddhist practice.

Nichiren Daishonin, 13th century Japan

In ordinary life, there is no such thing as making a fortune at a single strike. The accumulated karmic sins from the infinite past must be transformed into fortune, little by little. Today, it is difficult for common mortals to obtain wisdom – knowing how to rid ourselves of earthly desires and delusions to grasp the truth. However, Buddhism teaches us how to gain the greatest jewel – attaining Buddhahood in our present form– by embracing Nam-Myoho-Renge-Kyo with deep faith.

Buddhism’s Core Belief: Ten Worlds

Sunday, June 24th, we will host a lecture on the Ten Worlds by our Chief Priest. Rev Sakabe will explain why acquiring the Buddha’s wisdom through the practice of chanting lets you change your life and find happiness.

  • Learn how to chant Nam Myoho Renge Kyo and properly use the Juzu Beads, Buddhist prayer beads.
  • Q&A with our Chief Priest.
  • The meeting starts at 2:00 pm and concludes around 3:15 pm. Open to the public.
  • 310 University Blvd West, Silver Spring, MD 20901

If you have decided to become a Buddhist or are interested in learning how to become a Buddhist, after Sunday’s meeting (about 3:30 pm) Rev Sakabe will be performing the Acceptance of the Precept Ceremony, the ceremony where you become a Buddhist.

Excerpted: Basic Buddhist Terms, Nichiren Shoshu Monthly magazine, June, 2018, pp.17-18.